BRANSON, Mo. (KY3) - One motel has been repeatedly reported for bed bugs in recent months. With the hundreds of lodging options in the tourist town, the Taney County Health Department says bed bugs are never off its radar, and cases https://vimeo.com/user8114196/videos/rss have increased in the last couple years.
At the Midwest Inn on Missouri 165, the Taney County Health Department has responded to eight bed bug complaints since April, the latest being last week.
"We're looking in the bed seams, the curtains, headboards. If we do find bedbugs, alive or dead, we shut that room down," said Craig Rhoads, manager of the Taney County Health Department's Environmental Division.
"Two out of the three passed, but the third one had remnants of dead bugs, which means it wasn't deep-cleaned to standards, which we have done since," said Nick Gabriella, Midwest Inn manager.
Gabriella, the motel's new manager, admits they have had a problem, which he's working to remedy. He says they're heating the rooms to about 120 degrees, as the health department recommends.
"We spent $2,600 on professional grade sprays and we bought two heaters, and we've been treating every room as the guests leave. So yeah, there was a problem, but it is getting better," Gabriella said on Monday.
The dumpster proves employees have been throwing away old furniture and mattresses stained by bed bugs.
"We've replaced all of our headboards, our beds, all of our nightstands, furniture, lamps," said Gabriella.
He says the mattresses and bedding in many rooms have been replaced, but the health department says, if you want to check for yourself, you can pull back the bedding and look along the mattress seams, checking for any signs of bugs or blood spots.
"Feel free to call the health department, ask questions, call management of the facilities, because you need to protect yourself. This can get into people's homes and it's difficult and expensive to get rid of.
The closed room will likely be re-inspected over the next couple of days. Gabriella says Midwest Inn is also cutting down on the number of extended stay rooms, opening 20 refurnished nightly rooms, and working http://www.ct.gov/dph/cwp/view.asp?a=3140&q=405378 to remedy code violations.